Revelation 15: A Vision of the Celestial World

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 173–174

Although Revelation 4–22 is considered one vision, the vision changes scenes from time to time. Revelation 15 marks a new scene in the vision. In it, John saw “a sea of glass mingled with fire” (v. 2) where those who overcame “the beast” (referred to in Revelation 13) lived. Doctrine and Covenants 130:6–7 tells us that globes that are “like a sea of glass and fire” are “in the presence of God.” President Brigham Young said, “This earth will become a celestial body—be like a sea of glass” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1941], 101). John saw those who dwelt there singing songs of praise to God. He also saw a temple there that was filled with the glory of God. Out of the temple came seven angels, clothed in white. Their assignment is described in Revelation 16.

Studying the Scriptures

Do the following activity as you study Revelation 15.

Activity A iconA Good Question

  1. 1.

    John recorded in Revelation 15 the words to a song he heard sung in the celestial world. How would you answer the question asked in verse 4, considering what is said after the question?

  2. 2.

    If the answer is as obvious as the song seems to indicate, why do so many people struggle in honoring and glorifying the Lord in their lives?

  3. 3.

    When are you most likely to feel like those singers felt? What could you do to keep that feeling and perspective in your life more often?